A downloadable software library for real or virtual Exidy Sorcerers

Why this archive?

Prior to this page, Internet-sourced software for Sorcerer owners could be hard to get. Such software was often:

In response to this I put together this dual-speed WAV archive. It includes most (but not all) programs "in the wild" plus rescued files from my own tapes and some literature. The process involved will be the subject of a blog article sometime.

Format

Files are presented in two formats. The 300 baud files should load reliably into a real Sorcerer. The 1200 baud files will load into the JSorcerer emulator and MESS/MAME, but won't load easily (if at all!) into a physical machine. My advice is to use the 300 baud files for stocking up a library for a real Sorcerer and/or use the 1200 baud copies as a source of software for the emulators mentioned above.

The WAV filename shows the name of the software and, if known, the year, author and publisher. It also shows whether the program needs the BASIC RomPac inserted and the baud rate it was recorded at.

Figure 1. My own Exidy Sorcerer I

Driving instructions

For those unfamiliar with the Sorcerer, this should get you started with the real machine. I'm assuming the 300 baud files are being used. Choose either of the two options...

1. If the program does not require BASIC, type "SE T=1" at the > prompt and press RETURN (This puts the cassette interface in 300 baud mode rather than 1200 baud (the default)). Then type LOG (this stands for Load and Go) and press RETURN. Then activate PLAY on whatever device your WAV file is loaded into. Once loaded the program normally autostarts.

or

2. If the program requires BASIC, insert the ROM PAC before you switch on. You then need to go into the Monitor program to change the cassette speed from the 1200 baud default. At Ready prompt type "BYE" and press RETURN. Then type "SE T=1" at the > prompt and press RETURN. Then type "PP" and press RETURN. This should get you back to Ready prompt. Then type "CLOAD" and press RETURN. Then play the WAV file on your storage device. Type "RUN" and press RETURN when the program has loaded.

If you are using an emulated Sorcerer, use a 1200 baud file and omit the SE T=1 step(s).

Chomp

Figure 2. Chomp. A Pac-man clone showing the graphic capabilities of the Exidy Sorcerer

The archive

As mentioned above, 300 baud is best for a REAL Sorcerer, 1200 baud is best for emulators (JSorcerer/MESS/MAME). A few programs have instructions as a separate download. There may be other files added to this archive in the future, which is why I've included an upload date.

Some files were extracted from BIN archives. This means when making the WAV file I had to make up an appropriate name in the header. This may not be the name used in commercial tapes of the program, something to note if this collection is ever used by future archivists. Programs of this nature have an asterisk (*) after the name.

Feel free to send me programs that are absent, missing information, or corrections. Enjoy!

Program Download Links Date Added
Adventureland-(Scott Adams) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions 28/01/2017
Air Traffic Control-(1979)(D.Mannering) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions 28/01/2017
Airmail Pilot-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Arrows and Alleys-(1980)(V.Tolomei)(Quality Software) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions 28/01/2017
Astro Attacker-(1982)(D.J.Ittner)(Global Software Network) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions 28/01/2017
Blackjack-BASIC * 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
boot-(unknown function) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
bootsector-(unknown use) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Bounce-(Creative Computing)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Breakout-(1980)(Ray Bannon)-BASIC * 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Character Programmer 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Checkers-(Creative Computing)-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Chess Instructions-(Sorcerer-Computer-Users-Australia)-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud28/01/2017
Chess 1.0-(Sorcerer-Computer-Users-Australia) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Chomp-(Pacman clone)-(1981)(W.S.King)(Global Software Network) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Create Graphic Characters( 1979)(Practical Computing Dec Pg.90)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Cross-Up-(Ted Crowley)-BASIC-Sorcerer 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Cybernetic Pool-(P.J.B. Systems)-BASIC-Sorcerer 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Defender 3.2-(1982)(J.Forester-N.Leith)(System Software) 300 baud   |   1200 baud28/01/2017
Demo1-Savings and Loan-(1979)(Paul.E.Johnson)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Demo2-Interactive Budget Program-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Demo3-Text editor program-(1979)(P.J.Elston)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Demo7-Presidents Quiz-(J. and L. Stayley)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Disas v 2.0 (a disassembler)-(1979)(Ivan Reid)(possibly modified by SCUA y-b 26)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Dodgem-(Creative Computing)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Draw v 1.2 (1982)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Eastern Australian Truck Driving-BASIC * 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Editr-BASIC Screen Editor 1.1 (1980)(David Woodberry) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Manual28/01/2017
Eliza-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Exponential Curve Demo-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Ezyfile Database System-(1981 B.Stafford) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Fastgammon-E1 version-(1979)(Quality Software) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Flash Card-(1981)(Practical Computing Oct pg.74)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Galaxians-(Martin Sevior) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Graphics tutorial-(Needs Zetu)(1982)(Systems Software) (as a Zip file) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Grotnik wars-(Ross Williams) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Guess the Animal-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Gunner v.1.0-(A star wars shootout)-(1980)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Hangman-(Colin Morle)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
HiRes Demo v.1.0-(1982)(Practical Computing Feb pg.111)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud28/01/2017
HiRes Drawing-(1982)(Practical Computing Fed pg.111)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Horse Race-(Gerard Neil)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
How the West was Won-(Colin Morle)-(BASIC) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Interceptor-(Scramble clone)(Blair Rideout) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
invrt-(unknown function)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Kadath Adventure-(1985)(Reni Barnes)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Kaleidoscope-(1981)(Port FE)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Kaleidoscope-(1981)(SCUA y-b 20)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Kilopede-(1982)(Matthew.B.Hickey)(Systems Software) *300 baud   |   1200 baud 31/01/2017
Labyrinth Maze Generator-(1980)(Paul Grimshaw)(org. Computing Today Feb)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Lazer Fire-(Mark Yvanovich)(University Software Vol IV)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
LeftScroll v1.0-(1982)(Roy Stockman)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Lem-(Creative Computing)-Sorcerer-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
levelII BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Macrotronics S-80 Ham Interface v1.1-(1978)(R.Lodewyck)-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Martian Invaders-(1980 James Albanese)(Quality Software) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Math-(1979)(J.R.Lucus)-BASIC-Sorcerer 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Memory Change-(easy Hex entry)-(P.Grimshaw) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Midas Microcomputer Database System-(1980 R.J.V.Stafford) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Manual28/01/2017
Mine Field-(Adapted from a PET listing by Colin Morle)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Mission Impossible-(Scott Adams) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Ml2de-(ML to Data statements converter)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud28/01/2017
Music Composer-(1980)(Howard Arrington)-BASIC (as a Zip file) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Nuclear Reaction-(Creative Computing)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Pie Lob-(Creative Computing)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Qubic-(3D noughts and crosses)(1985)(Toowooba Sorcerer Group)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Racetrack-(R.J.Greenwood and D.S.Hauge)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
reloc-(Z80 code relocator)(SCUA y-b 26 p.12)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Reversi-(1979)(Terry and Kathleen Beyer)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Sargon Chess 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Serialboot-(function unknown) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Sets1-(Sets for Preschoolers)(1980)(BYTE 3 p.244)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Shape Maker-(1979)(Don Ursem)(Quality Software)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Manual28/01/2017
SightSpell-(Memory-attention and vision test)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Snake-(Steve and Pete Enterprises Inc. Chemistry Dept)-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Snake-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Spellbinder Word Processor 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Spelling-(1981)(Practical Computing Oct Pg.75 and ARESCO V.1 pg.10)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Star Wars-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud28/01/2017
Stomper-(1980)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Submarine Hunt-(1979)(G.Parkin and N.Townson)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Sums1-(Arithmetic practise)(1980)(Computer Age Nov pg.27)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Super Asteroids-(1981)(Apollo)(System-Software) 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Super Star Trek v.2.0-(1979)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Instructions28/01/2017
Tank Trap IV -(1979)(Don Ursem)(Quality Software)-BASIC *300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
The Amazing Maze-(Brian Wyvill) *300 baud   |   1200 baud 01/02/2017
The Sorcerers Fruit Machine-(1980)(David Winton)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
Yahtzee-(Ian Gilles)(Dick Smith Electronics)-BASIC 300 baud   |   1200 baud 28/01/2017
ZETU (Editor/Assembler) 300 baud   |   1200 baud   |   Manual28/01/2017

Finally...here are a few Australian Sorcerer resources I scanned which might be of interest...

Updates (latest first):

Tez
29th January, 2017

 

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